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MANAGER: We have a very versatile squad

Keith Curle on goals and putting a run of victories together

14 November 2017

United registered their biggest home winning margin of Keith Curle’s reign on Saturday afternoon as they turned chances into goals with a clinical display against Yeovil Town.

And another interesting ongoing statistic to accompany the win is that the Blues have now taken the lead on 12 occasions this season, and have gone on to win nine and draw three of those games in a division where first goals tend to count big in terms of the end result.

“Now that’s a stat I like,” the manager commented. “We’re here to try to win football matches and it’s been nice to get seven goals from our last two Saturday home games. There’s a growing belief in what we’re doing, and we have a versatile squad which gives us adaptability and quality.

“Goals are always important, because they change mindsets. That stat shows how important scoring first can be. The good thing was that as soon as the ball left Danny’s foot you could tell it was a goal all ends up.

“Danny has had little bits of criticism recently and he’s been a target for a few people on the terraces. He showed everybody what he’s about again and there’s nothing but adulation for the lad. He defended properly and he offered us an attacking threat as well. Credit to him because he is desperate for this club to do well.”

“The second goal was a good team goal because of the number of passes during the build-up,” he added. “There was a move just before that and Lee Dykes actually said that if it had ended with a goal people would have been talking about it for months to come.

“That’s the type of passage of play we’ve been working on. We moved them around and it tells me that the players are taking the information and direction on board and they’re enjoying it.

“It was good to see the way Shaun Miller reacted when he came on as well because he looked hungry and he made a difference. He just wants to be playing as much as possible and you could see when he scored that he was delighted.

“As with others, he wants to be involved, and that’s why it’s good to have a squad of fit players who are raring to go. Every single one of those players in the dressing room could start for me and I know they’ll all do a job.

“The other good aspect within that is all of our strikers are going out thinking they’re going to score goals. They have different attributes and we can cause problems in different ways with the combinations we can utilise.”

And the final result at the weekend was a hood way to say thank you to the fans who had been made to wait for a league victory on home soil despite seeing some good performances.

“I’m pleased for everybody because it’s been coming,” he said. “There’s been a bit of agonising over some of the results which have slipped away from us but we’re building on being a hard team to beat.

“We’re looking up the table now and we know within the changing room that we need to build momentum by getting victories back-to-back. We’re one of the only teams at the moment who haven’t gone on a run of winning three or four games, but we’re capable of it.

“We’ve got the quality to cause any team a problem on any given day. As I keep saying, we’re here to win games. I’m sure we’ll scrap a few one goal victories along the way and hopefully there’ll be a few more like this one.

“We want to gather momentum and sometimes you can say that it’s not how you start [a season] it’s how you finish. The work ethic, quality and way we want to play hasn’t changed, and there could be more introductions in January to add even more to the mix.

“We’re a jigsaw puzzle in the making and, at the moment, we have the four corners and edge pieces in place. It just feels like somebody has taken the middle piece we need and hidden it in the kitchen!”

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